Tinsukia administration yet to resolve impasse arising out of vendors’ list
TINSUKIA: With vegetable crisis plaguing the Tinsukia town, the Tinsukia district administration is yet to resolve the impasse arising out of vendors’ list even after four days of market shutdown. The confusion revolved around the hawkers’ lists issued by both the district administration and Tinsukia Municipal Board (TMB). As fallout, unauthorized vegetable vendors surfaced in lanes and by-lanes of Tinsukia town on Tuesday violating COVID-19 lockdown protocol.
The District Administration (CSCA branch) issued two concurrent hawkers’ lists in a gap of a day contradictory to each other. While the first notification was issued on 28.3.2020, the second notification was released on 29.3.2020. The TMB, meanwhile, issued another list which was subsequently cancelled due to some omission. The pertinent question was whether the TMB was authorized to issue vendors’ list that created further confusion? Besides, in the backdrop of lockdown crisis what prompted the administration to issue the second list without cancelling the earlier one? What has surprised many people is that a single tempo (chota hati) was permitted to carry on doorstep delivery of vegetables on alternative days in entire Tinsukia town! Though official of district administration were not available for his comment, a TMB official said things would be resolved soon. The reason for the delay, according to a source, was nepotism in selecting the beneficiaries.